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Richmond council drops cleanup order

A property on Severn Drive has been the subject of complaints of unsightliness for 13 years.
Two shipping containers on a South Arm property have been removed.

Richmond city council has rescinded a cleanup order on a property in the South Arm area after bylaw officers found it to be “in full compliance” on Monday.

The order to clean up the “unslightly” property on Severn Drive was made last winter after bylaw officers found shipping containers, wooden pallets, household items, derelict vehicles and other items on the property.

On Sept. 20, after two hearings in the summer, council gave the owner’s son another two weeks to clean up the property.

Bylaw officers inspected it on Monday morning, and Mark Corrado, the city’s manager of community safety policy and programs, told council the site was “now in full compliance.”

The property has been the subject of numerous complaints about unsightliness going back about 13 years.

If the property owner hadn’t cleaned up the property, the city was planning to go in to do it and bill the owner.

After a quick meeting on Monday afternoon with the update from city staff, council voted unanimously to drop the original cleanup order.

“Hopefully, we won’t get into this situation again,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie commented at the end of the meeting.